The Pulwama attack on February 14, 2019, where a suicide bomber from Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) targeted a convoy of CRPF personnel, killing 40 soldiers, shook India. The tension between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue is the backdrop for this attack. India and Pakistan have been fighting over the ownership of the region since the partition of India in 1947, leading to numerous conflicts between the two nations. The Pulwama attack sparked widespread outrage and anger across India. The Indian government responded by condemning the attack and vowing to take revenge. The Indian Air Force carried out a successful surgical strike on a JeM training camp in Balakot, Pakistan. However, the aftermath of the attack escalated the tension between India and Pakistan. The recent interview of former Governor Satya Pal Malik highlights the need for transparency, accountability, and the avoidance of politicization in such tragic incidents.
The Agneepath scheme launched by the Indian government aims to encourage young people to join the army and serve their nation. Young soldiers between the ages of 18-21 will be recruited for a period of four years, during which they will receive training in various aspects of military service. After completing their service, they will receive a sum of Rs 11 lakh 71 thousand and a qualification certificate from the government. The scheme is expected to reduce the burden of pension on the government and provide additional budget for the army to invest in their needs.
The Agneepath Yojana, a new Indian government scheme that aims to recruit and train youth to become soldiers, has sparked concerns over the future of the country’s border security. The plan involves recruiting soldiers for a period of only four years, after which they will be released back into the job market. Many are questioning whether four years is enough time to fully understand and commit to protecting the country, especially given the experience and knowledge required for such a challenging role. Additionally, concerns have been raised over the impact of the scheme on the spirit and respect for the military profession, and on the pension and benefits of soldiers.
The war in Ukraine has seen a surge in foreign volunteers joining the fight against Russian-backed separatists. However, with no formal structure for vetting volunteers, individuals with problematic pasts and fabricated military records have become entrenched in the International Legion and other volunteer groups. This has led to unchecked access to weapons and military equipment, posing a significant risk to the safety and security of those involved in the conflict. Formal structures for vetting volunteers are crucial to ensuring that only qualified individuals have access to weapons and military equipment.